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Carl Kinzing aus Neuwied in Mainz
AN INTERESTING AND UNUSUAL SILVER OPEN-FACED COMPTEUR MILITAIRE WATCH CIRCA 1830
• Movement: gilded full plate, three-arm balance, fusee and chain, large decoratively engraved balance cock
• Dial: white enamel, subsidiary dial for time with Arabic numerals, outer compteur militaire scale • signed Carl Kinzing aus Neuwied in Mainz 
• Case: silver engine turned case and band, numbered 53DI(?)98, gilt cuvette signed Carl Kinzing aus Neuwied in Mainz 
diameter 57.5mm
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Catalogue Note

Carl Kinzing, was likely part of the Kinzing family of German watch and clockmakers from Neuwied in the Rhineland of Germany. Neuwied was a centre for clock and furniture making in the 18th century. Most famous of these was Peter Kinzing (1745-1816)  who together with David Roentgen (1743-1807), supplied musical clocks to important families and Royalty throughout Europe.

Watches with special scales designed to be used for measuring marching speeds were used by various different infantries. In France, watches were used by the army to measure the marching speeds of the army's infantry of the Consulat and 1st Empire. Various marching speeds were used, with 75 being the 'cadence normale' or standard marching speed using during parades. The present watch is calibrated to '76' and it is known that, for example, the Prussian Army used 76 paces per minute as one of their standard marching speeds (see: Joachim Mauss, A 'Compteur Militaire' Pocket Watch' Antiquarian Horology, Winter 1987, p.145).

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